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This course examines the way that the peoples of Northeast Asia –Manchuria, Mongolia, Korea and Japan – have engaged with and responded to their environment. Our texts explore human interactions with animals, the management of “wild” spaces such as forests and mountains, and the ways in which concepts of nature are tied to visions of empire in Asia. While our primary focus will be the history of Asia from the 17th through the 20th centuries, the class will also examine recent ecological studies of NE Asia and use digital technologies to identify and communicate the connections between historical conceptions of nature and present-day understandings of the environment.